Towson University
8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD 21252
(410) 704-2000
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Towson University is a four-year, public institution in Towson, Md. The school was founded in 1866 in Baltimore as the State Normal School. It was moved to Towson in 1915 and was renamed the State Teachers College at Towson in 1935. The institution became Towson University in 1997. U.S. News & World Report ranks Towson University 44th among Regional Universities (North) in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The school has a student population of 21,464 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Programs Offered

Towson University offers undergraduate degree programs in areas including accounting, allied health, art and design, art education, art history, athletic training, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication studies, computer science, deaf studies, early childhood education, English, family science, forensic chemistry, history, international studies, mass communication, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sports management. Master’s degree programs are available in accounting and business advisory services, art education, biology, computer science, education, health science, gerontology, humanities, Jewish studies, kinesiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physics, psychology, theatre, and women and gender studies. Doctoral degree programs are also offered in audiology, information technology, instructional technology, and occupational science. Towson degree programs are available in allied health, applied information technology, human resource development, integrated homeland security management, and business administration.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited Towson University since 1949.


Towson sets a December 15 deadline for fall early application. The final application deadline is February 1. Applicants must submit either a Towson University Online Application for Admission or the Common Application and a $45 processing fee. Applicants must also submit a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and a minimum 250-word essay. Letters of recommendation are optional. Certain programs may require additional prerequisites. According to U.S. News & World Report, Towson University had a 54.2% acceptance rate in fall 2011.

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